This week in Winning Post

Hard to believe it's here already but Australia's first Group 1 race of 2016/17 is set down for Caulfield this Saturday.

Among those returning for the weight-for-age Memsie Stakes is Australian Derby winner Tavago, to be ridden by Ben Melham.

Three of the past four Melbourne Cup winners have resumed in the Memsie, so it's a race to watch with an eye to the spring.

And adding further intrigue will be the reappearance of the reigning cup winner, Prince of Penzance, with Harry Coffey aboard.

Who will claim the prize? Tony Kneebone is tipping Black Heart Bart (pictured) and his Memsie preview will lead this week's Winning Post.

Our form coverage kicks off on Friday with full form guides for the meetings at Geelong and Scone plus fields, colours and selections for Canberra and Ipswich.

The metro racing this Saturday is at Caulfield in Melbourne, Rosehill in Sydney, Morphettville in Adelaide, Doomben in Brisbane and Belmont in Perth.

Winning Post carries full-colour liftout guides for all those meetings plus Donald (Vic/SA/Tas edition), Beaumont-Newcastle (NSW edition) and Gold Coast (Queensland edition), as well as fields, tips, ratings and/or colours for other TAB Saturday cards.

On Sunday we've got liftout formguides for four more TAB meetings plus fields, ratings, tips and colours for a stack more Sunday and Monday programs.

Don't forget Winning Post now carries trackwork reports for all four Melbourne training tracks, all three in Sydney, Morphettville in Adelaide and a general Brisbane report.

Away from the form, we've got news columns from Queensland, NSW, six Victorian districts, SA and Tasmania.

Our readers have their say on page 4, while further back in the book Shane Templeton reminisces, Paul Richards presents his unique take on the sport, Tony Kneebone brings you his Snippets column and Number Cruncher delivers the stats that matter.

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Inside Winning Post August 27 edition you'll find liftout form guides for:
Bendigo, Wyong, Lismore
Moonee Valley, Randwick, Morphettville, Eagle Farm, Belmont, Warracknabeal (Vic/SA/Tas edition), Hawkesbury (NSW edition), Gold Coast (Qld edition)
bet365 Geelong, Moree, Sunshine Coast, Hobart
Will Winx be beaten this spring?
Eye Catchers
Each week Paul Richards identifies horses from recent race meetings that he believes are ready to win. Here we update you when they are about to have their next start.
Rosehill Gardens Saturday - R6 N9 Snoopy 2nd
Rosehill Gardens Saturday - R8 N6 Singing 2nd
Rosehill Gardens Saturday - R7 N9 Mediterranean 5th
Caulfield Saturday - R6 N3 Highland Beat 2nd
Caulfield Saturday - R7 N6 Tashbeeh 4th
Caulfield Saturday - R7 N11 Palentino 5th
Letter of the Week

Joy for jumps

Grand National Steeple Day at Ballarat was very wet, but fantastic. It confirmed Aussie jumps racing is not only back, but near the best it’s ever been, and will only get bigger and better. Continually raising jumps prizemoney is a key.
This punter and many others were surprised by the big wins carrying top weight on a very heavy track by Wells and Zanteco, so well done. Mannertone was probably helped by both favourites parting company with their riders, but good luck to him.
In Wells’s Grand National Steeple, Slowpoke Rodriguez gave the crowd a Galleywood moment. When looking a place certainty he fell at the last, but rose a few minutes later to the cheers of the crowd, just before the dreaded screen arrived.
He just needs to come back and win the big one in the next year or two to match the Galleywood legend.
Aussie jumps jockeys earned a big lead in the Irish challenge, but of more interest to some was the free Aussie scarf on entry — very handy outdoors in a Ballarat winter.
While the almost all-jumps card was exciting and well worth a try, I’d much prefer half and half racecards run weekly, than waiting a fortnight for all-jumps cards.
Sharing the jumps experience with a flat racing crowd probably helps grow the sport. A good template is four jumps races, then five flat races.
This gives both sets of jockeys enough races to earn a living, but not enough to overextend either.
To cater for this wonderful exploding jumps population, every season add an extra half jumps day.
Long live jumps racing!

John Tutty
Flemington (Vic)
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Paul Richards introduces a fun formula each week designed to come up with the odd winner for those looking for a small interest or to see if systems really work. On this page he subjects Saturday's fields to one of those systems: